The Papermakers have captured the 4A State title trophy for the second time in school history with a victory over Bothell by a score of 35-14.
With the victory, Camas retains its top spot in the Washington Class 4A, Portland, and Washington State Rankings. The second perfect season in four years also leapfrogged Coach Eagle’s squad to 106th in the nation.
The group of 15-to-18-year-olds faced adversity through a big portion of the season with injuries plaguing both sides of the ball. Keeping their eyes on the prize after a disappointing 2018 season, the Papermakers finished off the “Revenge Tour” in a humble fashion. Kolby Broadbent consoling Mount Si players after Camas’ 21 point routing of the Wildcats in the semis is one such example.
“That’s really, really, ultimately what the sport is all about,” Coach Eagle said of the senior wide receiver’s actions after the game. “It brings people together, lets them compete, and make new friends [once the game is over].”
Broadbent was presented the Mill Town Pride Award shortly after.
Things that go unremarked by the winner also correlate to good sportsmanship. In Camas’ case with being crowned the number one team in Washington, this is especially evident. Word got around shortly after the game that the trophy had been brought back to 98607 for the second time in history, but the players weren’t shouting it from the rooftops when they came back to school the following Monday. This is one of the reasons why CHS is so well respected around the area, not just for athletics, but also community involvement from the students.
At the end of the day no matter what side they are on – winning or losing – players must realize that it is just a game. It is not the result on the scoreboard that matters, but the way athletes react which truly defines who they are.